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Paleo Easter Menu

Paleo Leap’s Easter Menu

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With Easter just days away, we thought we could give you some help when it comes to planning the big meal. Of course, we’ve kept everything Paleo with this meal, and in doing so, we’ve also made sure that all those non-Paleo guests you’ll be hosting will also enjoy. In fact, unless you point it out, we can pretty much guarantee that no one will be searching for any gluten-filled dinner rolls on the side….

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What’s Happening: Paleo f(x)

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It’s social hour for the Paleo tribe: Paleo f(x) is on this weekend! For the lucky folks in Austin, that means a whole weekend to catch up on the latest health news, watch cooking demos, get some hands-on strength training, eat delicious food, and hang out with like-minded friends (not to mention getting a head start on the warmer weather!). To console the rest of us for missing the action, there’s a live feed, or…

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Paleo Finger Foods

Top 10 Paleo Finger Foods

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Nothing brings out the primal side out of us more than eating with our hands. Things get even better when it’s socially acceptable to do it, as is the case with finger foods. The following is a round-up of 10 of our most popular finger food recipes. These are all perfect for parties, picnics, watching the game and countless other occasions, especially those with a social aspect. These are so delicious that your guests will…

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Top Paleo Recipes

Paleo Leap’s Top 5 Recipes for the Month of March

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In our kitchen we’re always busy trying to create new and exciting recipes, as well as trying to re-create those traditional dishes we crave but can’t enjoy because they are a far cry from paleo friendly. As much as we love experimenting in the kitchen, we certainly know that many of you do not, or would like to, but can’t find the time. We happen to hear this a lot from our followers, so this…

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What’s Happening: Saturated Fat

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“New study shows that saturated fat isn’t bad for you – but limit saturated fat; it’s bad for you!” That’s the message you’ll see in the media about the latest study on saturated fat: it would be entertaining if it weren’t so silly. So what does the study actually say, underneath the media hype? It’s hard to pin down any one type of fat as the cause of anything. As Stephan Guyenet puts it, the…

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What’s Happening: More Meat Studies

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It’s been a long week of studies into that old chestnut, “meat is bad for you because it’s full of saturated fat.” On top of last week’s study about animal protein, check out what else has been going around: First, another study found an association between eating red meat and impaired carbohydrate tolerance – and, of course, is reporting it as causation. But no, eating red meat does not cause an increased risk for diabetes…

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What’s Happening: Protein is Deadly?

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You’ve probably heard: there’s a new study supposedly showing that a high (over 20% of calories) animal protein intake is as dangerous as smoking. That sounds like bad news on the Paleo front! But before you throw out your eggs and start stocking up on tofu, take a look at the problems with this particular research: Zoe Harcombe points out that… This is a survey study. It identified an association. Association does not prove causation….

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What’s Happening: Weight Loss Edition

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A new proposal for Nutrition Facts labels hit the press a few days ago – the revised labels are very obviously focused on calorie-counting, but is calorie-counting really the best way to go for weight loss? Not according to Dr. Arya Sharma! In a perfectly-timed post this week, he argues for a very different approach. First he explains how the “calories in/calories out” paradigm is backwards. Calorie intake does not just “cause” weight gain or…

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What’s Happening: Vegetarian Diets

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Paleo and vegetarianism aren’t necessarily opposite extremes: we can all agree on lots of vegetables, and we can even bond over coconut oil and avocados! But while meat shouldn’t be the end-all be-all of a Paleo diet, it’s not something that you can skip altogether. This week, get two different perspectives on why vegetarianism is not ideal: Chris Kresser focuses on potential nutrient deficiencies. Emily Deans posts about vegetarian diets and mental health. Don’t rush…

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What’s Happening: Pause and Reflect

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It’s been almost 6 weeks since the beginning of the year: if you made a resolution, how are you doing? Valentine’s Day can sometimes be a bump in the road, but remember: one bad day does not mean you failed. Just make sure it doesn’t turn into a week of bad days, and in a year you’ll never even remember that you caved to the candy hearts. Stepping back to see the big picture can…

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Announcing The Paleo Cheat Sheets

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Remember back in January, when we teased you with the promise of bigger and better things still to come? Well, the bigger and better things are finally here! We’ve added a whole new dimension to the site with a Paleo Cheat Sheet subscription, where you’ll get personal support from the community and access to exclusive new content. Check out what subscribers will enjoy: Cheat sheets. These are practical guides that simplify a lot of science…

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What’s Happening: Big Ideas

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Paleo isn’t just about choosing butter over margarine or a burger without the bun. It’s also a way of thinking about our food and our bodies: what we believe, and what we choose to value. Do we nourish our bodies, or do we fight them? Do we value health, or do we value conformity? In a lot of ways, that’s actually more interesting than the food itself. So this week, take a look at two…

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What’s Happening: Useful Science

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Did you ever wish there was a place where you could go to get the latest scoop on study findings without a heavy layer of spin and media hype? Well, now there is! A group of young scientists from all branches of research recently started posting 5-second summaries of interesting studies (with links to the full study if you’re interested) on a new website, Useful Science. Some samples hot off the presses from their “Nutrition”…

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What’s Happening: The Shape of “Enough”

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When it comes to health, it’s all too easy to go overboard. Sometimes it’s seeking out increasingly obscure nutrients to supplement with, sometimes it’s fretting over the optimal timing of every meal, and sometimes it’s adding more and more workouts to your weekly routine until you can’t remember what it felt like to not be sore. It’s easy to assume that more is better, but it’s just not true. And this week, a new post…

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What’s Happening: Sugar Science

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Does sugar cause weight gain? Yes, if you ask independent scientists. But no, if you ask the sugar industry. A new study recently took a look at articles evaluating the link between sugar-sweetened beverages (like Coke and Pepsi) and weight gain. Where the researchers had some financial conflict of interest with “some food industry” (not even the sugar industry specifically), 83% found that sugary soft drinks do not contribute to weight gain. With no conflict…

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What’s Happening: Worst in Show?

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You’ve probably heard the news: Paleo came in dead last in US News and World Report’s “best diets” list. But here’s why you shouldn’t worry about it: USN’s “Paleo Diet” wasn’t actually Paleo! Take a look at the description of “Paleo” from USN’s ranking site: “Paleo diets are based on a simple premise—if the cavemen didn’t eat it, you shouldn’t either.” Wrong! Paleo is about learning from evolution, not imitation. Cavemen didn’t have access to…

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Are You Ready to Take a Leap?

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Think of a “diet,” and what comes to mind? Probably some short-term gimmick to lose weight as fast as possible, typically abandoned after a few weeks at the most leaving the unfortunate dieter to regain the lost pounds with a few new additions along for the ride. Try to cram Paleo into this mold, and you’ll get something like “shed pounds fast by eating like our cavemen ancestors!” – a sentence that should be very…

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What’s Happening: Healthy…or Not!

What’s Happening: Healthy…or Not!

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Some foods are unrepentantly unhealthy – nobody at Cinnabon is pretending their product is good for you. But other foods get promoted as wholesome and nutritious, even though the inside doesn’t begin to live up to the advertising. Take a look at two particularly egregious offenders that made the news this week: Quest bars get heavily marketed to the Paleo crowd as high-protein, low-carb alternatives to commercial meal replacements. But Fooducate takes a look at…

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What’s Happening: Study Trouble

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One of the great things about the Paleo world is that we not only read studies, we read them critically, question their conclusions, argue with their methods, and occasionally even reject them as too flawed to tell us anything useful. That’s one of the Paleo community’s best defenses against lousy science – so take a look at two critical reports on recent research: Mark Sisson’s skeptical take on last week’s research that seemed to condemn…

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What’s Happening: Multivitamins

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The debate over multivitamins has been going on as long as we’ve had multivitamins to debate over: are they a good “insurance policy,” are they useless, or are they even worse than useless? This week, three new studies in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine found no benefit from multivitamin supplements, and a new editorial seized the occasion to make the case against them. Critics point out that the populations covered in the studies were…

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What’s Happening: Healthy Obesity?

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The headlines lately have been full of a new study that asked whether it was possible to be both healthy and overweight. If you’re obese, but you eat well, exercise regularly, don’t have diabetes or any metabolic problems, and are otherwise healthy, are you at any higher risk of disease than a thin person? The researchers’ results showed that metabolic health is a much better predictor of risk than weight. From a health perspective, it’s…

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What’s Happening: GMO Retraction

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In a move that set off passionate reactions from all sides, the journal Food and Chemical Toxicology withdrew a controversial study by researcher Gilles-Éric Séralini that claimed to find a link between GMO corn and cancer in rats. Since the sample size was so tiny and the breed of rats was genetically prone to tumors anyway, the journal’s peer review board ruled that “no definitive conclusions can be reached” based on the study, and that…

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What’s Happening: Statins in Review

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The new cholesterol guidelines and recommendations for statin treatment got a brief mention in a previous post, but now that the dust has had a chance to settle, take a look at some of the more helpful and well-argued responses from both sides of the debate: Pro: New Cholesterol Guidelines (Science-Based Medicine): Dr. Hall isn’t the most Paleo-friendly blogger around, but she makes some excellent points. Should I Take a Statin? And Cholesterol Whiplash (Time)…

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What’s Happening: Thanksgiving Recipes

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Roasted turkey? Sounds pretty Paleo. Sweet potatoes? Paleo. Green beans? Dig right in! Pumpkin pie? Well…maybe! No matter what your idea of “Thanksgiving food” is, chances are there’s a way to enjoy it without compromising your health. First, check out our own Paleo Thanksgiving menu. This week also, we’ve rounded up the best new Paleo Thanksgiving posts from this year to help you make the holiday dinner a success. Check it out: 50 Paleo thanksgiving…

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What’s Happening: Defending Eggs

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It might not be true that everyone’s a critic, but there certainly are a lot of critics in the world, and an inevitable result of challenging mainstream opinion on anything is getting that criticism aimed right at you. This week, cholesterol came under fire for the familiar charge of heart disease, and then eggs specifically got singled out for the slightly more interesting crime of “causing colon cancer.” Take a look: Dr. Michael Eades at…

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